Acute pancreatitis following scoliosis surgery: description and clinical course in 14 adolescents
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Acute pancreatitis is a possible complication after scoliosis surgery. Although some risk factors have been documented in the literature, clinical description of pancreatitis diagnosis and ensuing course still remain very poor. The aim of this study was to describe characteristics of acute pancreatitis after scoliosis surgery.
A descriptive, retrospective and single-center study of fourteen adolescents with postoperative acute pancreatitis after spine fusion surgery in scoliosis management between April 2003 and August 2012 was performed.
Acute pancreatitis occurred within 9.5 days (4–51) after surgery. Abdominal pain was atypical and was expressed in only half of the children. Ileus, nausea and vomiting were the most frequent signs. None of the acute pancreatitis cases was severe.
Acute pancreatitis is an early complication of scoliosis surgery. Clinical signs are atypical and non-severe and can induce misleading forms. Presence of delayed digestive problems should alert the clinician to the risk of pancreatitis in the aftermath of scoliosis surgery.
KeywordsPancreatitis Scoliosis surgery Abdominal complication Clinical signs
Body mass index
Central venous catheter
Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Multiple organ failure
Nausea, vomiting or gastric residuals
Reactive airway disease
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
No conflict of interest and no source of funding.
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